November 1, 2001 - by
Football holds final practice before heading to Clemson

Nov. 1, 2001

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 14 Florida State Seminoles (5-2, 4-1 ACC) conducted a 15-period practice in shorts Thursday afternoon in the squad’s final day of preparation for Saturday’s game (3:30 p.m., ABC) at No. 24 Clemson (5-2, 2-2 ACC).

We’ve prepared about as good as we can prepare,” head coach Bobby Bowden said. “The weather’s been good and we’re in pretty good shape. We’ll leave tomorrow at 11:30 and we won’t work out on their field. We might go out a little early on Saturday, just to kind of get used to it, but that’s about it.”

The Seminoles polished off their week of work with game situations against the scout teams. The entire team began Thursday’s practice at the practice fields, but then the offense moved into Doak Campbell where loud music was piped in to emulate crowd noise. The team practiced with the noise for about an hour and five minutes.

“You’re making them (the players) communicate out there when they can’t hardly hear,” Bowden said. “That’s what you want because that’s how it’s going to be in that ball game on Saturday. When we got the ball, I am sure there will be screaming and yelling and so we’ve got to handle the ball and make some calls with a lot of noise, a lot of racket going on.”

There were no new injuries after Thursday’s practice.

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